In 2006, a labourer, Sanjay, had lodged a complaint against one Saeed, accusing him of forcibly removing his kidney. His complaint was never taken seriously and Saeed went on with his activities. And now, it turns out that Saeed is one of the prime agents of kidney racket kingpin Amit Kumar.
Sanjay, a resident of Chipiana village in Ghaziabad, had filed the case at the Delhi Gate police station in Meerut on November 13, 2006. Saeed managed to get a stay on his arrest. Surprisingly, the police never bothered to investigate the charges and Saeed continued to work as with Dr Amit. Had the police taken the matter seriously, the kidney racket would have been unearthed at least a year back.
“Certainly, it was laxity of the part of the investigating officer, who didn’t pay heed to the complaint of a poor labourer and failed to understand the gravity of the charges,” admitted Pradeep Gupta, circle officer of Kotwali area.
Now that the kidney racket has been unearthed, the police have reopened the case against Saeed and raided his Aashiana colony house but found that he has rented it to a woman named Sanjeeda.
“He has not come even to take rent for the past 11 months,” said Sanjeeda, disclosing that Saeed was involved in the illegal blood and kidney donation racket.
Saeed’s name, interestingly, had surfaced in an illegal blood donation racket a few years ago but no action was taken against him. Poor victims know him as the 'main agent' of the gang who lured many poor people from Meerut, Moradabad, Ghaziabad and few other towns of the area to donate their kidneys.
"Saeed was the main tout of the gang who cheated many poor labourers in different towns,” said Bhure, one of the victims. Bhure said once he met Saeed in Moradabad and came to know that he had lured six donors from there. In fact, Saeed joined the gang after donating his kidney and soon became its trustworthy agent.
According to the Moradabad Police, touts used to get Rs 20,000 for each donor. Their job was to select the donors, perform the initial blood tests and inform the gang higher-ups.
According to the victims, Saeed had links in local pathology labs and hospitals, which he used to carry out initial tests of the donors.